Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, was one of the few unalloyed heroes of World War II. At great personal risk, he saved some 800,000 Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Jewish refugees were given asylum in the Vatican, swelling the number of Swiss Guards. No Allied leader can match his glorious record. Golda Meir lauded Pius XII after the war, and the chief rabbi of Rome became a Roman Catholic, taking the name of Eugenio in tribute to Eugenio Pacelli.
Why then has such a man been vilified and all but accused of being responsible for the Holocaust? Rolf Hochhuth's infamous play, The Deputy, marked the turning point. The outrageous distortions of this play turned the greatest friend the Jewish people had during World War II into an anti- Semite. This book restores Pius XII to the rank of hero, demolishes the ludicrous charges against him, and identifies the true target of this infamous calumny : the Church, the papacy, and the Christian moral teaching which confronts and condemns the Culture of Death.
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Finally someone has the courage to write the truth about the Church and WWII. The times were difficult at best and many noteworthy people, especially Pius XII, came from their comfortable offices in the Vatican and did what they could to rescue Rome and those being persecuted by the Nazis. Don't forget, previous review writer, the Catholics were also persecuted and sent to concentration camps by Hitler and his goons. Jews first, Catholics second, gypsies and imperfect people last. If you live in the United States and think you know world history, you are sooooooo wrong.
Uncritical repetition of the praises of Pius XII's alleged courage during WW2 made by various interested parties (including Golda Meir, who sought, unsuccessfully,, to curry the Pope's favor for Israel) in the early aftermath, ignoring more recent research which puts Pius in a less praiseworthy light. The author even repeats the ridiculous calculation of Pinchas Lapide which counts the number of Jews who survived the Holocaust and the (apparently imaginary) number of non-Catholic rescuers and thus takes the difference as the number of Jews rescued by Catholics. Of interest to Catholics promoting the canonization of Pius. There are better sources for those interested in the truth.